Masdevallia cinnamomea Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Yellow Flower Variety

Photos by Ellis Eyre

Another Angle

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shade ColdSummer TO Fall

Common Name The Cinnomon-Colored Masdevallia

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of northern Peru at elevations of 2400 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] long ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract at the base, erect, triquetrous, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered, congested, racemose inflorescence with tubular, imbricating, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the relatively large habit with slender leaves about as long or surpassed by the slender, triquetrous peduncle that bear a few, cinnamon colored flowers simultaenusly in a congested raceme. From a short sepaline tube the apices of the sepals are attenuated into slender tails. The petals are acute and the minutely verrucose apex of the lip is also acute." Luer 1999

Synonyms Alaticaulia cinnamomea (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part One Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia cinnamomea; Masdevallia in Detail Vol 5 Sijm etal 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;